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ERIC Number: EJ1069346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
Democracy in Action: Experiential Civics Learning in Afterschool Advocacy Days
Blank, Susan
Afterschool Matters, n5 p23-29 Spr 2006
Cosponsored by Coalition for After-School Funding (CASF) and The After-School Corporation (TASC), After-School Advocacy Days have been held annually in Albany, NY since 2000. These events are enormously helpful to the two sponsors' efforts to influence officials who make decisions about funding afterschool programs. The annual event is designed to help young people convince legislators to continue and expand afterschool programming. Besides the role that a strong youth presence plays in delivering the Advocacy Day message to lawmakers, the day's organizers cite equally important educational and youth development purposes for the event. Advocacy Day exposes young people to an experiential civics lesson that gives them a feel for participating in democratic processes. The event's active and participatory nature also offers youth opportunities to exercise leadership and speaking skills that contribute to social and emotional growth. Advocacy Day takes place against a backdrop of concern about whether today's youth will be ready and willing to participate in civic affairs when they become adults. TASC and CASF have found that Advocacy Days help students make connections between government's problem-solving role and the concerns they currently face in their daily lives. Nonprofit organizations considering their own advocacy days are likely to face legal and ethical concerns, such as jeopardizing their tax-exempt status. This paper includes suggestions for addressing such concerns, as well as maximizing the educational value of Advocacy Days. ["Democracy in Action: Experiential Civics Learning in Afterschool Advocacy Days" was written with Lucy N. Friedman and Kathleen Carlson.]
National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail:; Web site:
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York